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At number 53 in BBC Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is “Beat It” by Michael Jackson. This song, released in February 1983, is taken from his album “Thriller”; one of the best selling albums of all time and an album which could well hold the record for the largest number of singles released from it. I blogged about “Thriller” here, as it is number 20 in the Rolling Stone Magazine list of the 500 greatest albums.

This song is, for me, quite different from most of Michael Jackson’s songs from this period, and is one of my favourites. This is due, in no small part, to the great guitar riff in the song, which is played by Eddie Van Halen; “Beat It” is much rockier than most of MJ’s songs. The song got to number 1 in both the Disunited Kingdom and USA’s singles charts; in fact it was a huge hit around much of the World.



At number 53 in BBC Radio 2's list of the 100 greatest guitar riffs is "Beat It" by Michael Jackson

At number 53 in BBC Radio 2’s list of the 100 greatest guitar riffs is the 1983 hit single “Beat It” by Michael Jackson




[1st Verse]
They Told Him Don’t You Ever Come Around Here
Don’t Wanna See Your Face, You Better Disappear
The Fire’s In Their Eyes And Their Words Are Really Clear
So Beat It, Just Beat It

[2nd Verse]
You Better Run, You Better Do What You Can
Don’t Wanna See No Blood, Don’t Be A Macho Man
You Wanna Be Tough, Better Do What You Can
So Beat It, But You Wanna Be Bad

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It
Just Beat It, Beat It

[3rd Verse]
They’re Out To Get You, Better Leave While You Can
Don’t Wanna Be A Boy, You Wanna Be A Man
You Wanna Stay Alive, Better Do What You Can
So Beat It, Just Beat It

[4th Verse]
You Have To Show Them That You’re Really Not Scared
You’re Playin’ With Your Life, This Ain’t No Truth Or Dare
They’ll Kick You, Then They Beat You,
Then They’ll Tell You It’s Fair
So Beat It, But You Wanna Be Bad

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It

[Chorus]
Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Who’s Right

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right

[Chorus]
Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It
No One Wants To Be Defeated
Showin’ How Funky Strong Is Your Fight
It Doesn’t Matter Who’s Wrong Or Right
Just Beat It, Beat It
Beat It, Beat It, Beat It


Here is the official video of this song. Apparently Eddie van Halen was prevented from appearing in the video by his record company. It is also before Michael Jackson became a freak, and was at his best.





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At number 56 in Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is this classic song from the 1980s, “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top. The song was released in 1983, and from memory I thought it had been a massive hit in the Disunited Kingdom. I was surprised therefore to see that it peaked at number 22, but it certainly got a lot of air play. The video for this song was also iconic in its time, featuring the band’s signature car, and the band itself featured in the “story” being played out in the video.



At number xx in Radio 2's 100 best guitar riffs is "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top

At number xx in Radio 2’s 100 greatest guitar riffs is “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top



ZZ Top were certainly different in their look, and I remember rumours circulating that the drummer was called “Beard”, which was ironic given that he was the only one without a rather impressive beard reminiscent of Rasputin. Of course, these rumours were back in the 1980s, long before it was so easy as it is today to check information. So, in putting this blog together I was pleased to see that indeed the rumours were true, the drummer was Frank Beard, the only one without a beard!

The lyrics of this song are hardly important, it is mainly about the look and the catchy guitar riff. But, here they are anyway.


Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don’t know where I am goin’ to.
Silk suit, black tie,
I don’t need a reason why.

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

Gold watch, diamond ring,
I ain’t missin’ not a single thing.
And cuff links, stick pin,
When I step out I’m gonna do you in.

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.

Top coat, top hat,
I don’t worry ’cause my wallet’s fat.
Black shades, white gloves,
Lookin’ sharp and lookin’ for love.

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can
‘Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.


Here is the official video of this song. The video is very 1980s, with the big hair and lycra, but I find that is part of its whole look. Enjoy!


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